It's still months off, but now is the perfect time to plan to attend the 5th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park this September.
The Grand Canyon Association and Arizona Public Service are sponsoring the art affair, which features 26 artists from around the country who have created a studio piece for the exhibition and will paint plein air during the week before the exhibit opens.
Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape. Artists will be at the North and South Rims from September 14-20.
Long before there was color photography, artists like Thomas Moran and Gunnar Widforss contributed to capturing the beauty and mystery of Grand Canyon through art. It was their paintings that helped communicate to the world the need for preservation of such a special place.
In 2009, the Grand Canyon Association rejuvenated this idea and brought artists to the South Rim for a week of painting and appreciation of art in the canyon. Today, Celebration of Art exposes tens of thousands of people to live artist renderings at Grand Canyon. It has become the model for outdoor art events in National Parks.
Plein Air at Grand Canyon
September 14 – 20
North and South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
Quick Draw and Auction
Friday, September 20
9 a.m.-– noon
Buyer’s Preview and Reception
Friday, September 20
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Grand Opening Reception and Sale
Saturday , September 21
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Exhibit and Sale
September 21– January 20, 2014
Exhibition & Sale at Kolb Studio from September 21, 2013 – January 20, 2013
For more information and updates concerning this event, visit this site.
Proceeds from this event will support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This permanent home will ensure that future generations of park visitors will be able to view the stunning art collection in the Grand Canyon National Park Museum and Grand Canyon Association Collections.